Auckland Transport (AT) is investigating safer ways for pedestrians and cyclists to travel from the Red Beach area to Whangaparaoa College, as an alternative to going along busy Whangaparaoa Road.
The work comes following a request from Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member Janet Fitzgerald, which she made after Orewa College’s decision to shrink its zone. The change in zone left a large number of students in Red Beach out of zone for Orewa, which is expected to increase the numbers heading from Red Beach to Whangaparaoa College. The safety of this route was one concern raised by Red Beach parents at the time.
At the local board’s meeting last month, Auckland Transport elected member relationship manager, Ellen Barrett told members that the issue is under investigation by AT’s community transport team.
No doubt students will also find their own alternative routes, but the one that has been suggested for investigation is along Vipond and Brightside Roads and possibly via footpaths, or parks such as D’Oyly Reserve.